How often have you reached the end of your day and realised you couldn’t even tell your partner, friend or family member what your lunch tasted like?
With all of the day-to-day distractions we deal with, it can be difficult to enjoy the moment you’re in. Whether you’re thinking of an upcoming work deadline or trying to get everything done before the kids come home, staying present seems nearly impossible these days. But living in the moment can benefit your mental and physical health in extremely impactful ways - we dive into all the ways below.
Deeper Connections -
Presence allows you to wholeheartedly and authentically connect in social situations. Not only will you find yourself really listening to whoever you’re with, but it will also come through in your body language, which gives the person talking a vibe and feeling that you are really listening to what they have to say. Being present also improves your focus and allows you to better tune out possible interruptions or distractions in your surroundings.
Boost Self-Awareness -
When you practice being present, you're building good habits for your future well-being. You’ll focus on yourself and how your actions, thoughts, or emotions do or don't align with your internal standards. If you're highly self-aware, you can objectively evaluate yourself, manage your emotions, align your behaviour with your values, and understand correctly how others perceive you.
Improves Control Over Your Thoughts -
Present moment awareness over time has also been found to decrease stress and abrupt changes in your mood. When you become aware that a negative thought or anxious worry is taking over, you have the ability to take back control and become in tune with how and why that emotion is arising. Once you determine what it is that is creating those thoughts, you can take action to turn them into positive thoughts.
It also means more time to focus on present events and your well-being because you aren't stuck thinking about the past or future.
Improves Lifestyle Habits -
Being present during mealtimes can help you to choose healthier foods and eat them more slowly – leading to better overall eating habits as well as less calories taken in overall. It can also make you aware of habits that are negatively affecting you - smoking, drinking too much, always saying ‘yes’ when you want to scream ‘no’, prioritising others over yourself, or not creating time for activities you enjoy.
Finally, being present in the moment equips you with the tools to distinguish between what is truly important and what isn’t. And, most of all, learning how to be present will help you live with passion and purpose.
If you’re not experiencing each moment of your day, are you truly spending your time wisely? It’s time to start practicing how to be more present – right now.
Our new digital program, The Power Of Presence, is the ultimate blueprint to discovering how to become aware and live in the now. Featuring a collection of mindfulness focuses, practices and tasks, this self-paced program will show you how to shift your mindset, find joy in the little things, and live more fully in the moment.
Are you ready to start living for today? Start your Power Of Presence journey now.